nomadawn Posted May 15, 2007 Share Posted May 15, 2007 Hi everyone, I am so glad to have found this place which has brought me comfort since my mums diagnosis. You all seem such wonderful people. My mum was diagnosed approx 3 weeks ago with extensive SCLC. Incurable and poor outlook - lung specialist said only palliative care would be offered. Oncologist much more optimistic and said chemo & radiation later if possible.I do understand however that the prognosis is poor but would like to hear from any survivors to gain hope. She has a mass in her right lung, lymph node involvement & possible adrenal gland too. My mum had flu like symptons but with a persistant cough (which she has had on and off for a couple of years)and also vomiting and bad headache. Since the diagnosis she has actually felt better(no headaches of vomiting) so dont know if she had something else on top of the cancer. She had a CT scan and a bronchioscopy which led to the diagnosis. She then had a brain CT scan but this was clear. She has started her chemo a week ago, carboplatin & etopiside. She is doing ok so far with just tiredness being the most constant effect. She has however had some severe back pain which radiates around her middle - it lasts a few minutes then goes. She also has numbness in her arm and small pimple like spots in her scalp which is quite sore. She says she felt his way when she had the initial flu before the diagnosis. Can anybody shed any light on these strange symptons? The district nurse and our doctor say they dont know and will 'keep an eye on it'. Every little sympton makes me panic that the cancer is spreading as I am still in a state a shock and disbelief but I want to help my mum to stay strong by putting on a brave face for her. Anyway sorry to ramble, I would very much appreciate sharing experiences and learning more in order to help my mum as much as possible. Thanks for listening & god bless Debbie x Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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